LINKS Program

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What is LINKS?

LINKS stands for Lonely Instruments for Needy Kids. 

(NOTE: This program serves the Greater Cincinnati area schools only and is not available outside of our marketplace. Schools may submit up to five scholarship requests each year. ) 

The LINKS program brings together the desire of young students who want to learn to play an instrument with used instruments that others have no current use for. Through LINKS, you can donate your used instrument to a promising young musician who cannot afford to rent or purchase one of their own. The program began as a project of the College-Conservatory of Music Alumni Board in partnership with Buddy Roger’s Music. It started as an idea to fulfill a need that had been identified in the music programs of area schools. 

The need was for a way to supply instruments to students whose parents were not able to buy, rent or borrow an instrument so that their child could participate in the beginning band or orchestra program. The solution was somewhat simple – a recycling program for musical instruments! Around the Cincinnati area, there are hundreds and perhaps thousands of instruments going unused in homes everywhere. They are hidden away in the back of a closet, up in the attic, under the bed, in the basement and even mounted on a wall as a decoration. LINKS wants and needs those instruments. 

They may not look like much when they are donated but they provide hidden treasures. Sometimes they arrive in pieces; sometimes they’re ready to play; some instruments are very old with years of use; some are newer with lots of notes left in them; whatever the shape of the instrument, it can help provide an opportunity for a needy student. The donated instruments are refurbished at no charge to the program by repair technicians at Buddy Roger’s Music. They are evaluated, repaired, sanitized, and put in good playing condition -- ready to be placed in the hands of an eager student. 

As classes begin each Fall, a few students do not have instruments. These are students that have demonstrated an aptitude for music and the desire to learn. They sit silently while their classmates start making their very first sounds. When the music teacher identifies a need, the LINKS program comes to life to complete the recycling program. An instrument is matched to the request and delivered to school to start a new life in the hands of a very happy, young student. 

Music is not just a fun activity. Researchers are providing us with an unprecedented understanding of how we think and how we learn. The research has confirmed what we have always known -- that music and the arts are a vital part of a complete education. Asking people to donate an instrument they once played is the hardest part of the program. Music is powerful and provides good memories. To part with a piece of that memory is asking a lot. 

But an instrument sitting idle in the corner is nothing more than a piece of wood or metal that has been machine, carved, drilled, bent, and cut into interesting shapes. Put these instruments into young, eager hands, and they spring to life again as a musical instrument. They can become the hopes and dreams and begin producing lasting memories for a whole new generation. 

And in addition to the satisfaction you'll get from knowing that someone will benefit musically from your gift, you can receive a tax deduction for your donation.

I would like to donate an instrument to LINKS. What do I need to do?

If you would like to donate an instrument to the LINKS program, just stop by any one of Buddy Roger's Music Showroom and a sales associate will be able to assist you with the donation process. 

The LINKS Program accepts the following instruments for donations, regardless of condition for use in the school music programs: Flutes, Clarinets, Saxophones, Trumpets, Trombones, Baritone Horns, Tubas, French Horns, Cornets, Violins, Violas, Cellos, String Basses, Tubas, Drums and Bells. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept the following instruments for the LINKS Program: Pianos, Accordions, Organs, Drum Sets, Electric or Acoustic Guitars, Amplifiers, PA Systems, or other non beginning band / orchestra instruments. Your instrument will be processed, free of charge, by a Buddy Roger's Music's Repair Technician and distributed to a needy child. Once donated, CCM Musical LINKS Project will not be able to provide donors with specific information about their instrument.

I think my child would be a good candidate for the LINKS Program, what do I need to do?

Only your school's band or orchestra director can submit a scholarship form for the LINK's Program. If you have already tried to apply for a lease and were declined or if you don't think you can afford the monthly lease rates of an instrument, talk to your school's band or orchestra director and he/she will be able to assist you. 

If they are not familiar with the LINKS program, please have them contact Buddy Roger's Music (513) 728-6000 ext. 200 or email jharvey@buddyrogers.com OR contact CCM (513) 556-2100. The LINKS Scholarship form cannot be completed by a student or parent.

I am a teacher, how do I know if a student qualifies for the LINKS Program?

Here is the basic checklist you should follow to figure out what students qualify for the LINKS Program. 

(NOTE: This program serves the Greater Cincinnati area schools only and is not available outside of our marketplace. Schools may submit up to five scholarship requests each year.)

  • The student is officially enrolled at your school.
  • The student participates or desires to participate in the instrumental program at our school
  • The student has demonstrated a good work ethic in the classroom
  • The student is in good academic standing 
  • The student has demonstrated an aptitude in music. 
  • The student is a responsible young person who will show respect for the instrument
  • The student's parents or guardians have been unable to secure an instrument through conventional means

Only the Band Director, Orchestra Director or Principal at the student's school can submit a LINKS Scholarship Request Form. Instruments will be filled based on availability and order in which the forms were received. 

Complete and submit a LINKS Scholarship form online

I would like to make a One-Time or Recurring Donation to the LINKS Program. What do I do?

Select this option to set up a weekly, monthly or other recurring donation

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Select this option to make a one-time donation today

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If you have any further questions regarding the LINKS Program, call (513) 729-1950 or email customerserv@buddyrogers.com